To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
Alternative etymology derives the base of struggle from Old Norse strúgr ("arrogance, pride, spitefulness, ill-will") + , from Proto-Germanic *strūkaz ("stiff, rigid"), ultimately from the same Proto-Indo-European root above, which would make it cognate with dialectal Swedish strug ("contention, strife, discord"), Norwegian stru ("obstinate, unruly"), Danish struende ("reluctantly"), Scots strug ("difficulty, perplexity, a laborious task").
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